Abortion was “most painful thing I ever experienced”

A woman who had an abortion says:

“I was informed that it wasn’t going to hurt and it was the most painful thing I ever experience[d] to date. I remember the nurses telling me to be quiet so that I don’t scare the other patients. I had no clue what type of abortion I was having. . . . I was told that this was the best option for my situation and it was the worst choice I ever made.”

AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF OF 3,348 WOMEN INJURED BY ABORTION AND THE JUSTICE FOUNDATION IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTS FOR AFFIRMANCE

WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH, et al., Petitioners, v. JOHN HELLERSTEDT, M.D., COMMISSIONER, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, et al., Respondents.

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Raped woman who had abortion: It didn’t heal my pain

A woman who became pregnant after rape writes about her abortion:

“My child was three and a half weeks old when I made the decision to have an abortion, killing him and wounding my heart forever. …

A few years passed and I tried my best to forget what happened. Stitches were removed, wounds healed and even scars began to fade. From an outside perspective, I looked as though I was doing much better, but my heart was plagued with the decision that I’d made.  I could never fully push it away, despite my best efforts.

I put up a good front, pretending that everything was fine. In reality, I had found my way to a secret life of drugs, alcohol and just about anything else I could do to numb the pain I felt inside my heart…..

Now, nearly five years removed from the decision to have my abortion, I can say with some certainty that I regret it to the fullest extent possible. My heart hurts deeply with the wounds that came from my assault.  But the pain of knowing that I will never meet my child hurts more deeply. While I continue to wonder how I could have coped with having a baby from rape, I know that killing him did nothing to heal my pain.”

After I was raped I aborted my child, but that only increased the pain” LifeSiteNews Feb 24, 2012

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Abortionist: “We wont’ lose too many Beethovens”

One abortionist, talking about abortion and birth control:

“Those [young and poor] are the ones that need it most. There are so many damn welfare programs. It’s like spitting in the ocean. Here is a positive program – the kids live in an environment that doesn’t offer much hope. I don’t think we are going to lose very many Napoleons or Beethovens doing this… The population problem is not caused by the offspring of young engineers or doctors – that fewer of these, the fewer there will be to support those who don’t limit their offspring. If we don’t do something about it, we will populate ourselves off the earth. That’s suicide, slow suicide. That’s one solution.”

Jonathan B Imber Abortion and the Private Practice of Medicine (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986) 51-52

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Doctor explains why he does not do abortions

Dr. Aaron Sacks trained to do abortions, but after residency, decided not to do them. He explains why:

“Since finishing residency, I have never done any abortions. I think it has to do with – as much as I would like to say that it’s only my practice – but if I really look honestly, I would prefer not to do the abortions because somehow it’s difficult for me to draw the line between a child and a fetus and a baby. And all that is semantics to me… It touches me somewhere inside. [During training] I tried not to think [about] what I am doing. I just did it in the best technical manner I could do… And I was just looking at the end of the day to finish and that’s it.”

Lori Freedman Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care (Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010)  44

9-10 weeks

9-10 weeks

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Premature babies and preborn babies react similarly to pain

Colleen A Malloy, M.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, testifying before the House of Representatives on May 17, 2012, regarding the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:

24 week preborn

24 week preborn

“With the advancement of in utero imaging, blood sampling, and fetal surgery, we now have a much better understanding of life in the womb than we did at the time that Roe V Wade was handed down. Our generation is the beneficiary of new information which allows us to understand more thoroughly the existence and importance of fetal and neonatal pain. As noted in my biography, I am trained and board-certified in the field of neonatology. The standard of care in my field recognizes neonatal pain as an important entity to be acknowledged, measured and treated…

When we speak of infants at 22 weeks Last Menstrual Period, for example, [20 weeks old], we no longer have to rely solely on inferences or ultrasound imagery because such premature patients are kicking, moving, reacting and developing right before our eyes in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit….

The cutoff point in this legislation is 20 weeks after fertilization… In today’s medical arena, we resuscitate patients at this age and are able to witness their ex–utero growth…

As we provide care for all these survivors, we are able to witness their experiences with pain. In fact, standard care for neonatal care infants requires attention to and treatment of neonatal pain. There is no reason to believe that a born infant would feel pain any differently than that same infant were he or she still in utero. Thus the difference between fetal and neonatal pain is simply the locale in which the pain occurs. The receiver’s experience of the pain is the same. I could never imagine subjecting my tiny patients to horrific procedures such as those that involve limb detachment or cardiac injection.

At 23 weeks in utero, a fetus will respond to pain (intrahepatic needling, for example) with the same pain behaviors as older babies: screwing up the eyes, opening the mouth, clenching hands, withdrawal of limbs. In addition, stress hormones rise substantially with painful blood puncture, beginning at 18 weeks gestation. This hormonal response is the same one mounted by born infants.

Moreover, the fetus and neonate born prior to term have an even heightened sensation of pain compared to an infant more advanced in gestation. There is ample evidence to show that while the pain system develops in the first half of pregnancy, the pain modulating pathways do not develop until the second half. It is later in pregnancy that the descending, inhibitory neural pathways mature, which then allow for dampening of the pain experience.

The fetus may actually be more sensitive than the older child [to pain].”

Richard and Rhonda White Confronting Abortion Distortions (Xulon Press, 2013) 37 – 38

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Woman who conceived in rape: I love my beautiful daughter

A woman who was raped and decided to have her baby wrote:

“… I can honestly say that keeping my daughter was a great decision, and I really enjoy being a mother. Although she was conceived in traumatic circumstances, I came to understand that she had done nothing wrong and was not responsible for the way she came into the world.

Some people have judged me harshly for carrying the child of a rapist; but when I look at my daughter I don’t see the face of my rapist – I see my beautiful daughter, who I love. She is the proof that something good can come from something terrible…”

Lisa Firth Issues: Abortion – Rights and Ethics (Great Shelford, Cambridge: Independence, 2009) 22

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Abortionist describes her abortion as “being attacked”

An abortionist looks back on her own abortion:

“I felt fine when I walked in the room, laid down, and then all of a sudden I had pain that I didn’t know was possible. Labor pain starts slowly and goes on and on and on. This is much shorter. You feel absolutely fine, and then you suddenly feel attacked by this person between your legs.”

Abortionist “Clara”

Sharyn Jackson “Undercover” The Santa Fe Reporter, October 5, 2011

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Woman pregnant after rape: My daughter is wonderful

A woman who was raped and had her baby says:

“I had no support, and at times I felt like I was drowning in darkness. Yet I had one magnificent secret gift – the flourishing life of my unborn baby. This life gave me a thread of hope to begin to heal. I gave birth to a precious baby girl with blue eyes and dark hair, so tiny and so vulnerable. I named her Jennifer, and I knew she was a sacred gift to be loved and cherished. My daughter is wonderful, and she has touched many lives including my own. I am so thankful for giving birth to her; I have no regrets.”

“This Is Not Your Only Choice” Human Life Alliance 2012

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Post-abortive rape victim: abortion brought “wall of guilt”

Marie Rodler, who had an abortion after she became pregnant from a rape, has this to say:

“Abortion is not helpful; it only obscures the areas that need healing by placing a huge wall of guilt between the real issues and the woman’s conscience. Abortion puts everyone’s attention on the pregnancy instead of the victim and her needs.”

David C. Reardon, Julie Makimaa, and Amy Sobie. Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions, and Children Resulting From Sexual Assault (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2000) 62-63

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Incest victim forced to abort

A woman named Doris tells her story:

“On the outside I was a normal 15-year-old, enjoying shopping with my friends, listening to music and going to the movies, but inside something was terribly wrong.

At the hospital I learned that in addition to being very sick with the flu, I was pregnant. I felt ashamed and dirty, and terrified about explaining the horrible things that my father had done to me.

The doctor asked me what I planned to do. I told him I wanted to have my baby. Despite the pain of knowing who the father of my baby was, I had seen The Silent Scream in high school and knew I could never harm the baby…

When my father heard that I was pregnant, he flew into a rage, demanding an abortion. The doctor refused because it was against my wishes, but my father was able to find another doctor who didn’t care about how I felt.

It took three nurses to hold and strap me down on the table. They tried to sedate me, but I kept screaming that I didn’t want an abortion. Eventually, I was placed under general anesthetic and my baby was killed.

I was told that my parents knew what was best for me, but I knew their only concern was hiding our family secret. After the abortion, the abuse continued. The evidence was gone and I was left with a broken heart.

It would be two more years before I would escape my abusive father. I wish I could’ve done more to save the life of my daughter. In my mind, it didn’t matter how she was conceived; she was an innocent victim, just as I was.

I know that the abortion wasn’t my fault, but I can’t help feeling the pain of losing my child. I wish I could’ve done more to fight for her life. I will never forget her.”

Letter to Julie Makimaa

Julie Makimaa Kathy Hoffmaster The Hard Cases of Abortion: A Pro-Life Response Family Research Council, 2000, 17 – 18

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